This September, Dry Season in Indonesia Reaches Its Peak

The ongoing drought is caused by a combination of dry season and El-Nino. BMKG advises the community to save water and help those suffering from water crisis.

A puddle used as a water source by the residents of CIbarusah, Bekasi (ACTNews/Reza Mardhani)

ACTNews, JAKARTA - Long drought is still affecting Indonesia spreading across almost all areas in Java. Based on the Climate Early Warning System (CEWS) data from the Indonesian Bureau of Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), almost all areas of Java and Nusa Tenggara experienced over sixty days without rain.

Dodo Gunawan as Head of BMKG’s Climate Change Information informed that this September will be the peak of the dry season. Additionally, the current El Nino contributes to the long dry season.

"As we know, we are currently at the peak of the dry season. From time to time, the intensity varies and fluctuates because it has also been influenced by the El Nino although it’s quite weak,” Dodo said on Tuesday (9/17) at BMKG’s B Building in Central Jakarta.

Source: BMKG official website

According to Dodo, the beginning of the rainy season in Indonesia differs from one region to another. But in general, the rain will fall in all areas of Indonesia in the last three months of 2019. For this reason, BMKG appealed to the community to try to use clean water despite difficulties. This is because poor water quality can have a direct impact on health.

In addition, he asked the community to save water until the rainy season arrives. Dodo also offers a solution by sharing water to areas in need.

"Right now there are also many institutions that provides and distributes clean water. This is the condition that we face. We shall help each other by supplying water from areas that still have water to those suffering from water crisis. So we must help each other," added Dodo.

Such action has been done by Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) supported by the generous benefactors. With the Humanity Water Tank, as of September 17, 2019, ACT has distributed 2,327,500 liters of water to 176,828 people through 199 distribution actions. These water distribution programs are still currently ongoing. []